Wednesday, December 23, 2009

the Steampunk book is here!

The lovely Steampunk Style Jewelry book is here. This book is filled with inspirational projects in mixed-media jewelry, all with that cool steampunk look. If you don't know what Steampunk is, the chapters and sidebars are filled with up-to-the minute info on Steampunk bands, architecture, fashion and more. The Steampunk films list reminded me of some of my favorite movies and directors and added a few titles to my 'need to see' list.

Fashion trends are odd in that you can sometimes be part of a trend without knowing it. Here at Ornamentea we've loved Victoriana and machinery, lace and gears, sparkle and patina for a long time. We didn't know it was a look, we just knew we liked it. It turns out that North Carolina is the home of several Steampunk artists in jewelry and other crafts.

Look for several local artists in this book; Tracy Thomason, Jane Mormino, Madelyn Smoak, Jen Hilton and me, Cynthia Deis, all have projects in the book or in the gallery section.

Edited on January 7th:
We're having a reception for the local artists featured in this book at Ornamentea on February 5th from 6:30-8:00. Come meet the artists and browse their current work, plus you can see many of the book projects in person. Refreshments will be served...dress up if you can!